The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday took serious note of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association (HCBA) secretary Saurav Khurana’s ‘attempt to obstruct the court proceedings’ and ‘uncivil behaviour’ in the court.
Stopping just short of issuing contempt notice, justice K Kannan observed that Khurana’s behaviour in the court on October 14 was ‘ill-becoming of a representative of the bar’ as he adopted ‘obstructive tactics’ to divert whole attention of the case.
“A counsel who argues for the party should know that his first duty is to assist the court,” said justice Kannan, adding that if this is the situation inside the court then ‘there is no need of a judge’.
“He (Khurana) refused to argue ( the case) and said whole bar was aggrieved party. He would not allow even the other counsel to argue and he kept raising his voice. There was a complete bedlam,” said justice Kannan while dictating the order in an open court.
“When I reminded him that he was attempting contempt, he persisted that the whole bar was aggrieved,” the judge expressed, adding that Khurana thereafter requested to refer the case to some other judge. “It is no prerogative of the counsel to choose the court…,” justice Kannan remarked.
However, HCBA president Anmol Rattan Sidhu, in whose absence Khurana had appeared for the applicants on October 14, submitted that the HCBA had great respect for the honourable judge and it was an unfortunate unintentional incident.
Kuljit Kaur, NRI sister of former cricketer-turned-actor Yograj Singh, had moved the high court accusing harassment at the hands of Panchkula police. Kaur had alleged that the Panchkula police had failed to register FIR on her complaint regarding molestation charges against retired deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Ashanand Narang and his two sons Sumit Narang and Sunil Narang, residents of Sector 2, Panchkula. It was alleged that the accused molested the petitioner and her daughter Tanya on August 24 on a brawl over parking issue.
Khurana was appearing for Narang brothers on October 14, when the incident happened.